Utah Valley University
The nature and relationship of God to man has always been human natures more important question. “As man is, god once was; as god is, man may become.” Lorenzo Snow. I have asked myself this statement many times. What is Gods nature? What is mans nature? And human nature is God's nature; therefore, a study of God’s nature is simultaneously a study of human nature. I will explain this statement and my beliefs about human nature and how it operates.
The Nature of God and Man
I wasn’t nice to other people. I was always fighting, arguing, name calling with the neighbors, as well as my teachers. I stole from department stores, I lied to my parents and coaches and teachers. I cheated on my homework and tests and my relationships. I hurt others in physical altercations. I would bully my peers verbally. I manipulated people into to doing what I wanted. I used drugs and alcohol illegally, I would drive drunk, and I disrespected my elders. I have brought embarrassment and shame to my family. I haven’t always understood mans existence and purpose here in this life. I have come to understand that my purpose, which is part of my God-given human nature, is to become like God. I have realized that very slowly as the result of many mistakes and challenges.
Some, maybe most, of the experiences from my which I have learned about my nature—which is also human nature--have been negative, but, a few have been positive. A negative experience from which I learned a great deal was taking my first drink of beer at a party at my brother's apartment when I was sixteen. That drink soon led to my becoming an alcoholic. One of the good choices I made, and there have only been a few, was to leave college--including my athletic dreams. I returned home after my sophomore year at college and spoke with my mother about some of my bad choices.
I now go to court appointed counseling for the bad choices I’ve made. It... [continues]
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